Phillies' 1B, Rhys Hoskins, suffered a season ending injury in yesterday's spring training game against the Detroit Tigers. Hoskins was fielding a groundball when he suddenly dropped, holding his left knee. Hoskins, who is entering his final year of his contract, has spent his six-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 30-year old has been a key to the Phillies during the dark and light times surrounding the Phillies. He was a regular in last season's magical postseason run to the World Series.
Hoskins batted .159, with 11 hits, 6 home runs, 12 RBIs, and 9 runs scored in 17 games during the 2022 postseason. Including his electric home run in Game 3 of the NLDS.
Rhys Hoskins is a fan favorite who everyone wanted to see on the field this season. As stated above, he is entering his final year of his contract with the ball club. A "prove it" kind of year. That now puts the Phillies in a position to find a replacement at a position in which they haven't had to worry about in close to 6 years.
Some options for the Phillies are in house. Alec Bohm who is a regular at 3B, is able to slide over to the other corner. Bohm is batting a respectable .255 AVG along with 4 home runs in 51 AB in spring training. Darick Hall, who showed some promise last season, is batting a great .319 AVG along with 5 home runs in 47 AB in spring training.
The Phillies are a club who has spent big in the last few seasons. Starting that trend by inking superstar Bryce Harper to a 13-year deal. With this being said, nobody would be surprised to see the Phillies go out onto the trade market to solve this issue. A few options include, but aren't limited to, Seth Brown of the Athletics, Darin Ruf of the Mets, and Garret Cooper of the Marlins. All three have been linked to trades, rumors, etc. in the last couple seasons. The one big splash this Phillies team could make, an unlikely one, is C.J. Cron. Nobody really knows if Cron is available especially given the team he is on. The Rockies have confused many regarding where the stand.
One thing for sure is that the Phillies are going to miss Hoskins in the clubhouse. Being one of the longest tenured players, that brings a respect among the team. His bat came up big more than once last season. This Phillies team is looking to run in back, this season winning it all. Losing Rhys Hoskins wasn't what this team needed.